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Weiner in LIC to talk middle class

More ‘Keys to the City” talk health care, education, crime and transit

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 8:30 pm, Wed Aug 14, 2013.

Anthony Weiner came to Long Island City on Monday to introduce an addendum to his “Keys to the City” papers, the latest being 16 pages designed, he said, to keep New York City “the capital of the middle class.”

The 61 itemized points cover healthcare, crime, education, transportation and infrastructure and tax reform among other topics.

The paper comes after a precipitous plunge in the former congressman’s polling numbers.

New initiatives, the paper said, include three months of paid maternity leave and creating of a citywide “asthma map”; having beat cops with the NYPD wear small video cameras on duty; placing security cameras in every subway station; and establishing an apprenticeship program with local unions for students who want careers in the building trades or other skilled positions.

On transportation, Weiner is calling for the city to transform the Forest Hills and Woodhaven sections of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line into greenbelt trails.

He also expressed support for expansion of the Citi Bike program to all five boroughs and the establishment of yellow taxi stands in every zip code.

The latter appears to be his long-awaited plan after saying a few weeks ago that he would dismantle Mayor Bloomberg’s Outer Borough Taxi program.

His campaign at the time did not respond to multiple requests from the Chronicle over a two-week period inquiring about just what Weiner would replace the plan with.

The paper also supports the use of neighborhood parking stickers.

On tax policy the paper backs creation of a zero percent tax bracket for those making $40,000 or less a year in taxable income.

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